Working to Conserve and Enhance Chalk Stream Habitats and Wildlife

The Vitacress Conservation Trust

From 2006 – 2023, the VCT was a charitable organisation, focused on environmental initiatives associated with salad and watercress crop production. 

We were committed to creating and building a Conservation Trust that really does make a difference, improving and protecting some of the special habitats we were privileged to work in and around and making them better understood by, and accessible to, the public – especially our local schools.

Our focus was on environmental initiatives associated with salad and watercress crop production. We did this through working in close partnerships and creating strong links
with like-minded organisations such as Wildlife Trusts and The University of Southampton.

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Riverfly Monitoring Initiative


From river monitoring to supporting wildlife populations, we held many ongoing projects that involve local schools and communities.

School Trips

Educational Activities

Find out about our school visits, debates and lectures, and download a copy of our resource pack, the Wonderful World of Watercress.

Building Biodiversity


Our forums encouraged discussion and new ideas for the management of the wellsprings of some of Europe’s most ecologically important rivers.

Improving awareness of wildlife connected to chalkstream habitats

2013 Forum


The Vitacress Conservation Trust was proud to support research projects in line with our key objectives of preserving and conserving wildlife and habitats associated with watercress and other salad crops for the public benefit.

The Wonderful World of Watercress

Educational Resources

From The Wonderful World of Watercress to Chalk Rivers and Their Wildlife, download our booklets and videos to help children learn about the importance of protecting wildlife and looking after our rivers.

Meet the team!

Meet the team

Our team of trustees support The Vitacress Trust in its commitment to the sustainability and environmental issues surrounding watercress in the UK.

Together, they brought a wealth of experience to help provide education and activities for local schools and communities.